NCEA Podcast

This podcast is for leaders and teachers in the field of Catholic education. We elevate people who are doing great work and have a general focus on leadership successes and challenges in Catholic education.

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Thursday May 11, 2023

When it comes to teacher retention, professional development, student enrollment, and faith formation, principal and Lead. Learn. Proclaim. recipient Jennifer Kuzdzal is always looking for a win!
Join NCEA’s Laura MacDonald on a virtual trip to St. Agnes School in the Diocese of Arlington to discuss these themes and the value of bringing joy to others.
This episode is sponsored by Hallow:
NSBECS Domain: Mission and Catholic Identity and Governance and Leadership

Thursday May 04, 2023

Welcome to this episode of the NCEA podcast! Today, your host, John Galvan, VP of Assessments at NCEA, is joined by Jodee Blanco. For the past two decades, since the release of her memoir, The New York Times bestseller, Please Stop Laughing at Me…, Jodee has been traveling to schools and dioceses sharing her story to motivate change in the anti-bullying movement, guiding schools to a place of deeper tolerance, compassion and hope. Join us in today's episode as they talk about all things bullying: the problem and the solutions!
We want to thank Jodee Blanco, one of the first voices of the anti-bullying movement, for being our guest today. Thank you for listening to this episode of the NCEA Rise podcast! NCEA Rise is our family of religion and community assessments assisting schools and parishes in the advancement of Catholic Identity and Mission. To learn more about NCEA Rise, go to To find out more about Jodee Blanco and her work in our Catholic schools, visit

Because of You

Thursday Apr 27, 2023

Thursday Apr 27, 2023

What if all you need is a new perspective to lead a successful annual giving campaign? Although critical to the operational vitality of a school, these campaigns can take many school leaders out of their comfort zones. Join administrator Patrick Tiernan and NCEA's Laura MacDonald as they discuss steps and key strategies to execute annual funding and how to participate in Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving, a $1.2 million day.
This episode is sponsored by Catholic Faith Technologies:

Media Literacy

Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

Teaching students about Media Literacy is crucial to their understanding of what they can and cannot trust online. Neptune Navigate's Chief Navigator, Christina Jontra, explains the need for Media Literacy lessons in the classroom and why it is dangerous for students to use social media as their information/news source. Listen in to learn more about how to support your students in understanding what makes an online source credible.
Learn more about Neptune Navigate:

Thursday Apr 20, 2023

Caring classrooms and safe relationships infused with hope are among the most important things you can do for a child who has experienced trauma. One in four children attending school has been exposed to childhood trauma that affects their learning and behavior. This podcast will equip listeners with a working definition of stress, trauma and grief, will provide a neurological understanding of the brain as it relates to these experiences, and will share practical coping strategies that can help us to best support our students.
This episode is sponsored by Friendzy:

Thursday Apr 13, 2023

What is the difference between knowing about God, and knowing God? Tune into this conversation with NCEA's Vice President of Assessments, as he is joined by Hallow Co-founder, Alessandro DiSanto, as they discuss the differences. Hallow, the #1 Catholic Prayer app, and NCEA Rise, is teaming up to provide your school and parish knowledge and resources to help each and every member of our communities come together to find peace and purpose in their relationship with God: To know about God, and to know Him.
This episode is brought to you be NCEA Rise, our family of religion and community assessments assisting schools and parishes in the advancement of Catholic Identity and Mission. To learn more about NCEA Rise, go to To dig deeper into Hallow, visit

Digital Citizenship 101

Tuesday Apr 11, 2023

Tuesday Apr 11, 2023

Join Neptune Navigate's Chief Navigator, Christina Jontra as she discusses the need for digital citizenship in schools. She will dive into what digital citizenship means, why it is important, and the impact technology is having on our students.
Learn more about Neptune Navigate:

Can the District Really Do That?

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Join NCEA's Sr. Dale McDonald, Vice President of Public Policy as she shares how to navigate the federal consultation process with NCEA's Laura MacDonald. With a basic understanding of title funds and resources in hand, schools can be prepared to receive maximum federal benefits!
This episode is sponsored by Archangel Education + Technology.
NSBECS Standards: 10.4 

The Pedagogy of Prayer

Tuesday Apr 04, 2023

Tuesday Apr 04, 2023

How do we as educators think about what it means to teach kids to pray? Join Hallow Kids' Content Lead, Ashley Lenz, as she discusses best practices for instructing students in the faith. In the same way that we have a process for instructing students in learning how to read or do long division, there is also a pedagogy of prayer.  Learn more about how Hallow's children content has been built with these best practices in mind and how you can practically implement them in your classroom.
This episode is sponsored by Hallow:

You Can Make a Difference

Thursday Mar 30, 2023

Thursday Mar 30, 2023

Making a difference is what they do at St. Bernard School in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Laura Brickson is “blazing the trail”. It will only take a moment to realize why Laura is a recipient of the NCEA Lead.Learn.Proclaim award for 2022-2023.  This servant leader is a living example of what you can do when you listen to others, work together and live out the mission of your school. Listen in as she shares strategies and many words of encouragement with NCEA’s Laura MacDonald. This podcast may be just what you need to make a difference too!
This episode is sponsored by Catholic Faith Technologies:
NSBECS Standards: Governance and Leadership 6.2, 6.4, 6.6, and 6.7 


National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

NCEA is the largest, private professional education association in the world. NCEA works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Our membership includes nearly 140,000 educators serving 1.6 million students in Catholic education.

As a professional association whose focus is Catholic school education, NCEA’s focus is to lead, learn and proclaim by:

  • Developing current and future leaders;
  • Providing educational resources and strategically expanding professional development opportunities for those committed to the mission of Catholic education; and
  • Serving as the national voice for Catholic schools

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